Sunday Bible Studies
9:15am – 10:15am
The Story of Anglicanism: Feb. 4 – Feb. 18
Fr. Curt moderates three sessions on the history of Anglican Christianity. The roots of Anglican heritage are explored with help from historians, commentators, and narrator Michael York. A remarkable achievement by producer Jim Friedrich, an Episcopal priest, and educator, it is accessible for enriching for both teens and adults.
Part 1 (February 4) – “Ancient and Medieval Foundations” traces the evolution of mission and ministry in the pre-Reformation English church. Topics include Augustine of Canterbury, Celtic Christianity, monasticism, and medieval theology.
Part 2 (February 11) – “Reformation and its Consequences” Henry VIII’s often misunderstood break with papal authority initiates the shaping of classical Anglicanism.
Part 3 (February 18) – “Creating a Global Family” The Anglican genius for adaptation is seen in its response to the modern world and its evolution into a worldwide communion.
Resurrection – Did it happen? Mar. 11, 18, 25, Apr. 8
Fr. Curt moderates a discussion on Resurrection: Did it happen? What could it mean? The most startling claim of Christianity is that Jesus rose from the dead after being brutally executed on a Roman cross two thousand years ago. Could it possibly be true? And if it were, what difference could it make today?
N.T. (Tom) Wright walks us through the political, historical and theological issues at stake in Jesus’ day and today. Shot on location in Greece, Israel, and England, Resurrection presents the essence of Wright’s thinking on this pivotal event in the Gospels. Well-know for his landmark “The Resurrection of the Son of God”, Wright brings clarity and insight to one of the most profound mysteries in human history.
On Tuesdays from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, beginning September 12, the group will read The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People. It will be helpful participants bring their own copy of this book, as well as a Bible.
With each of these studies (especially the one on Tuesdays), the goal is to not rush our way through the Bible. Instead, we will mine the depth of Scripture at a deliberate pace. It’s conceivable the Tuesday study could last for a couple of years, given the holiday and other breaks. But that’s okay!
Also, some are afraid if they miss one session they will fall behind to the degree that they never return. Please do not slip into this mindset. There is no cumulative final exam! Attendees will be able to easily fit back into place when life keeps them from missing a session.